New Toyota Hilux – Tougher & More Advanced

New Toyota Hilux – Tougher & More Advanced

Milestones have come thick and fast for South Africa’s best-selling vehicle.

For more than 50 years, Toyota’s Hilux brand has set benchmarks, not least of which is being South Africa’s best-selling vehicle. This success is celebrated within a dynamic marketplace, one that characterises Hilux as responsive to the country’s unique customer requirements.

The latest iteration of Toyota’s revered ‘bakkie’ builds on the robust foundation of the eighth-generation architecture and represents a new frontier with even greater dynamic performance, technology, style and features.

This builds on the Hilux eight-generation pedigree, which when first debuted in 2016, introduced an increased focus on technology, convenience and comfort, while still retaining the traditional Hilux hallmarks of toughness and durability.  Three years later, in 2019, the Legend 50 model emerged, which further cemented Hilux’s dominance in the 1-ton segment, offering refreshed styling and bespoke specification treatment.

New Grade Strategy

In keeping with a progressive target market and evolving market trends, the Hilux model line-up and grade strategy has undergone a revision. The utility-focused S and SR models continue as before, complete with their original front façades. The largest change to the grade strategy is within the ‘mid-range’ segment, where the long-serving SRX nomenclature falls away, and replaced by Raider.

“The SRX model has continuously evolved in line with market requests, and in turn advanced into traditional Raider territory. We saw this as an opportunity to rationalise the line-up and offer customers more across the board. SRX and Raider have now effectively merged, creating an opportunity for a flagship grade above Raider – and this is precisely what the new Legend grade will offer,” says Glenn Crompton, Vice-President of Marketing, at Toyota.

“We’ve also created three distinctive appearance profiles for the respective core grades. S and SR keep their current design traits, Raider continues with its chrome-accented styling and Legend will offer a distinctive new look aimed specifically at the leisure user.”

EXTERIOR STYLING

The most visible change is at the front of the vehicle, with  chiselled, slim-line headlamps flanking an all-new front-grille and bumper design. This styling aligns with Toyota’s global truck-design language and gives Hilux a modern yet unmistakably tough appearance.

Raider

Raider models feature a large, trapezoidal front grille with broad chrome border and horizontally-separated 3D grille elements. New boomerang-shaped fog lamp bezels and integrated bumper guard complete the design. 2.4 GD-6 models receive an upgrade to four-bulb Halogen headlamps, while 2.8 GD-6 Raider derivatives boast a Bi-LED configuration with stylised internal-light-guides and LED turn-signal lamps.

The side profile remains largely unchanged, with the rear tail lamps also enhanced by stylised LED treatment (2.8 models only). A chrome rear-step bumper and chrome door handles create unity.

Legend

The Legend name signifies a new flagship grade built on the brand equity of previous celebratory models, introducing a Hilux like never before.

The trapezoidal grille, outlined in black, integrates with the front bumper, bonnet protector and unique integrated skidplate to create an imposing front façade. Further differentiation is achieved with dark-plated headlamp inserts and a centred chrome inlay, which suspends the Toyota insignia.

These are joined by matching overfenders that seamlessly blend into the front bumper corners to form integrated fog lamp bezels. Gunmetal inserts over the arches contrast with the textured matte-finish of the overfenders and door-handles. A graphite rear bumper and Legend-specific tailgate complete the package. The overall result is a rugged, yet advanced appearance.   

Legend ‘RS’

An optional ‘RS’ accessory package is offered on Legend-grade models to amplify utility and aesthetics, inclusive of a motorised roller shutter, graphite-coloured sportsbar, rubberised bedliner, assisted tailgate with central-locking function, and dust-defence kit.

Interior Upgrades

Raider

A new instrument cluster design welcomes the driver; featuring metallic inserts, a notched outer ring and metallic bezel to create a more premium feel. An 8-inch infotainment system incorporates a floating screen-design with retaining rotary adjustment knobs for ease of use. It is framed by a metallic border, which is reminiscent of high-end electronics.

Legend

Legend variants receive bespoke interior treatment befitting of the model’s flagship status. A unique accent treatment is applied to the instrument cluster, interior trim panels, switchgear and gear lever. Cool, blue door illumination provides a sophisticated ambience to compliment the perforated leather upholstery and black roof lining.

Exterior Colours

A total of nine exterior colours are on offer, including the recently-added Oxide Bronze (replacing Avant-Garde Bronze), and a first for Hilux, Pearl White. Attitude Black is exclusively available on 2.8 GD-6 4×4 Legend models.    

 

Wheels & Tyres  

The wheel and tyre packages have also been revised. Raider models return to a 17-inch alloy wheel in Dark Grey metallic finish shod with 265-65-R17 rubber. Legend models are equipped with new rugged, two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels with a machined surface and darkened centre caps, employing 265-60-R18 tyres. Other models retain their existing ‘footwear’.

More Power & Performance

The enhancements are not limited to aesthetics. The output of the 2.8 GD-6 engine has been boosted by 20 kW to 150 kW, with an additional 50 Nm on offer, bringing the figure to 500 Nm (in auto transmission guise).

Toyota engineers have improved performance and fuel economy simultaneously by adopting a larger, heavy-duty turbocharger with a ball-bearing cartridge for exceptionally crisp and strong throttle response, and a new common-rail injection system with a higher maximum fuel pressure of 250 MPa.

Higher outputs in the 1GD engine have also been supported by improvements inclusive of a coated cylinder-head gasket, revised higher-rigidity cylinder block and new exhaust manifold and gasket materials. Further cooling measures include a reshaped water jacket, revised cooling fan and fan coupling.

Fuel economy also benefits from a new combustion chamber that reduces cooling losses and more efficient exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) in the intake manifold. A water-cooled double-pipe pre-cooler results in optimum EGR gas temperature.

The Legend 4×4 Auto model additionally includes a new balance shaft, to reduce noise and vibration from the engine, enhancing refinement and reducing NVH levels. These changes have been made in pursuit of offering an elevated driving experience without compromising the core Toyota values of ‘QDR’.

The six-speed automatic transmission has been recalibrated to allow earlier lockup for improved acceleration and cooling performance, especially while towing.


Towing Capacity

The towing capacity of 2.4 GD-6 4×4 models has seen an increase of 300 kg, now registering 3.5 tons and matches that of the 2.8 GD-6 4×4 model. Raised body and 4×4 models boast a towing capacity of between 2750 kg and 3 500 kg (depending on engine and drivetrain configuration).

Improved Ride Comfort, Handling and NVH

Another area of focus has been the ride and handling. Tthe engineers targeted improved ride comfort without compromising off-road performance and durability, resulting in retuning of spring rates, shock absorbers and suspension bushes, and revision of cabin mounts.

These improvements are designed to deliver a more agile handling response and improved ride comfort, particularly when unladen. Hilux maintains its renowned off-road performance, load-carrying capability, stability and body control, and performance on corrugated dirt roads.

Raised Body and 4×4 derivatives have benefitted from revised shock-absorber damping for improved ride comfort and reduced vibration, particularly noticeable for low loads. Revised leaf spring bushings are combined with self-lubricating rubber on the rear shackle bush, to improve ride quality and steering response. These are paired with revised cabin mounts, which help reduce the transmission of vibrations from the road into the cabin.

All diesel variants benefit from a new variable-flow control (VFC) power-steering pump, which improves fuel economy while delivering a more natural driving and variable feel, depending on driving conditions. A high level of assistance is offered at low speeds, such as during parking manoeuvres, while offering lowers levels of assistance at higher cruising speeds, in order to improve steering feel. A specific mode for low-range, off-road driving has also been included.

New-Generation Infotainment

Benefiting the increased urban and leisure use, Raider and Legend models boast an all-new 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. This allows users to mirror applications from mobile phones  for seamless connectivity. Navigation applications such as Google Maps and Waze are included and occupants can also access music libraries and streaming accounts via apps like Apple Music, JOOX, Spotify and SoundCloud. Wireless telephony is supported via Bluetooth with a USB input for additional media options.

Specification Additions

S & SR

The workhorse models have not been left off the spec-amplification menu. S-grade variants feature an emergency brake signal and the SR-grade receives a Limited Slip Differential (LSD) and aforementioned Variable Flow Control power steering.

Raider

Raider models maintain their generous specification level and, in the case of 2.4 GD-6 variants (previously SRX), now also boast side and curtain airbags. As with the SR versions, an LSD and VFC have also been added. LED fog lamps, enlarged Multi-Information Display (MID) and Park Distance Control (PDC) are fitted across the board, with Bi-LED main beam headlamps and chrome front treatment also forming part of the 2.8 GD-6 Raider ‘spec’ sheet.

Other enhancements to the existing standard specification items include: automatic climate control; cruise control; reverse camera; air-conditioned glovebox; 12- and 220-volt accessory connectors; tilt-and-telescopic adjustable leather steering wheel; and steering switches.

Legend

In addition to the design elements already mentioned, the Legend-grade derivatives come feature-packed. Based on Raider specification, the spec is augmented by an Electrochromatic (auto-dimming) rear view mirror (standard across all Legend models). Double-cab 4×4 models additionally receive leather interior trim, electrically adjustable front seats, a premium 9-speaker JBL audio system with dash-mounted speakers, keyless entry, and push-button start.

The JBL audio system employs a speaker array that includes a 224 mm subwoofer for great bass performance, 150 mm full range and 80 mm wide dispersion units for a stage effect, 170 mm mid-woofers and 25 mm tweeters. With an 800W eight-channel amplifier, the system uses Harman CLARiFi technology to gain the best sound quality from compressed audio files.

Safety & Security

For the first time on Hilux, the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) safety system forms part of the standard inventory on Legend 4×4 models. TSS integrates a Pre-collision system, Lane Departure Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control, offering drivers additional peace of mind. TSS joins the existing array of airbags, ISOFIX, seatbelt pre-tensioners and the full suite of active safety aids (ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, VSC, Trailer Sway Control, Traction Control). As before, 4×4 models also include Downhill Assist Control (DAC).

A comprehensive anti-theft system, speed-dependent auto-door lock function and remote or keyless locking functionality is included.

Toyota Connect

All Hilux models are equipped with the Toyota Connect telematics system that includes an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot and complimentary 15Gb data. Once linked to a customer’s profile, vehicles can be managed by the MyToyota App. This intuitive app allows on-demand service bookings, vehicle information and history, and tracking data, as well as Toyota Connect data recharge services, even including the ability to renew a vehicle licence online.

Warranty and Maintenance

All Hilux models come with a three-year/100 000 km warranty. A nine-services/90 000 km service plan is standard on all models. Customers can also purchase extended service plans and warranty packages via a Toyota dealer.

Model Line-up

SINGLE CAB

MODEL

S

2.7 VVTI RB S 5MT

2.0 VVTi S 5MT

2.0 VVTi S A/C 5MT

2.4 GD S 5MT

2.4 GD S A/C 5MT

SR

2.4 GD-6 RB SR 6MT

2.4 GD-6 4X4 SR 6MT

RAIDER

2.4 GD-6 RB RAIDER 6MT

2.4 GD-6 RB RAIDER 6AT

2.4 GD-6 4X4 RAIDER 6MT

2.4 GD-6 4X4 RAIDER 6AT

2.8 GD-6 RB RAIDER 6AT

2.8 GD-6 4X4 RAIDER 6AT

XTRA CAB

MODEL

RAIDER

2.4 GD-6 RB RAIDER 6MT

2.4 GD 6 RB RAIDER 6AT

LEGEND

2.8 GD-6 RB LEGEND 6MT

2.8 GD-6 RB LEGEND 6AT

2.8 GD-6 4×4 LEGEND 6MT

2.8 GD-6 4×4 LEGEND 6AT

DOUBLE CAB

MODEL

S

2.7 VVTi RB S 5MT

SR

2.4 GD-6 RB SR 6MT

2.4 GD-6 4X4 SR 6MT

RAIDER

2.4 GD-6 RB RAIDER 6MT

2.4 GD-6 RB RAIDER 6AT

2.4 GD-6 4X4 RAIDER 6MT

2.4 GD-6 4X4 RAIDER 6AT

2.8 GD-6 RB RAIDER 6AT

2.8 GD-6 4X4 RAIDER 6AT

LEGEND

2.8 GD-6 RB  LEGEND 6MT

2.8 GD-6 RB  LEGEND 6AT

2.8 GD-6 4X4  LEGEND 6MT

2.8 GD-6 4X4 LEGEND  6AT

4.0 V6 4X4 LEGEND  6AT

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